Lately, I’ve had this strange feeling like I’m not running. My Nike+ says I am, and on recollection, I know I am, but it just ‘feels’ like I’m not putting the miles like I used to. Something’s different, something’s comfortable and routine about it all.
I skipped the half marathon training long run (6 miles) this past weekend to decompress after a week vacation with the family and then walked 6 miles on the golf course (that makes up for it, doesn’t it?). Slept in on Monday (first day back at work after vacation) so I didn’t get a run in that day. On Tuesday, I got my butt out the door by telling myself to go 3 miles with the promise that I would then do the other 3 in the evening to make up the 6 I had skipped out on this past weekend.
So glad I didn’t give into the temptation of soft pillows and a comfy bed that morning. The sun was shining on my face, the air was perfect temperature, and the trees were beautifully in bloom. My little neighborhood 3 mile run felt new and fresh to me since I hadn’t run it in over a week. After the first few steps out the door, I committed to a 4 mile run (a small extension of my 3 miler). Then after my Nike+ clocked 4 miles, I decided to be late to work to go the extra two miles to make up the 6. That was so invigorating. My time was 1:07 – I’m getting faster!!
So I may not feel like I’m challenged and making progress, but the numbers are showing that I am. I’m looking for a renewed sense (challenge) in running. Thoughts are to add fartleks/interval training, hills (my next half will definitely have hills!), increase speedwork, reduce walk breaks during short runs, figure out how to get out to some trails to run (I have a motorcycle with limited luggage space), do more cross training (fun stuff) or run more 5K/10Ks during the year (with this new job, I think this will be more feasible).
The main thing was that I was getting into a routine of the same thing and I need to mix it up. Running with Luv has helped and I’ve enjoyed those rare times we can get out on the pavement (or trail) together, but they are few and far between.